Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2019 7:22 pm


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Last Online: October 15, 2019
Birthday: May 23, 1970
Country: United States
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About Me

Note: I take my role as swapper and hostess very seriously here, meaning I don't flake or send late. Having said that, I do NOT take this all so seriously that I feel the need to belittle or berate people who don't send me a letter or a postcard or a bag of craft stuff. I don't see the point and it's not how I operate. I'm not going to put a wall of shame on my profile to point out people who have flaked on me. That's what the rating system is for. I'm not going to check every postmark and rate someone low if the postmark date is a bit late. We're all adults and should act accordingly. And honestly, in the grand scheme of things, it's mail. IT'S JUST MAIL.Keep things in perspective and you'll be a lot happier. I guarantee it.*

  • Michelle
  • Mom
  • Wife
  • Prince fan
  • Pug Mom
  • Blogger
  • Bookworm
  • Genealogist
  • Trivia Buff
  • Music lover
  • Traveler
  • Francophile
  • Sister on the Fly I'm a Sister on the Fly!

Favorite Music

  • Prince (all-time favorite)
  • Lady Gaga
  • Michael Franti
  • George Michael
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Sia
  • Queen
  • Ariana Grande
  • Lizzo

Favorite Movies

  • Gone with the Wind - all-time favorite!
  • Purple Rain
  • Braveheart
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Young Frankenstein
  • History of the World Pt. 1
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Jerk
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Life of Brian
  • The Hunger Games
  • SuckerPunch
  • Fight Club
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Yes Man
  • Chocolat
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Amelie
  • Grease
  • The Lego Movie
  • Anchorman
  • Dirty Dancing
  • La Vie En Rose
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Brave
  • A Star is Born (2018)
  • Black Panther
  • Wonder Woman
  • Also, love most of the Disney & Pixar animated films & I love scary movies!

Favorite Television

  • Broad City
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • American Horror Story
  • The First 48
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Seinfeld
  • Downton Abbey
  • Lots of British crime dramas
  • The Terror
  • Mr. Mercedes

Favorite Crafts

  • Journaling (especially Smash journals and junk journals)
  • Collage
  • Mail Art
  • Pocket Scrapbooking (like Project Life)

Favorite Books

I'm a bookworm and I always have been, so my list of favorites would be a mile long, but here are a few:

  • Gone With the Wind
  • Practical Magic
  • The Witching Hour
  • Interview With the Vampire
  • The Vampire Lestat
  • Lasher
  • Practical Magic
  • Talk Before Sleep
  • The Freedom Manifesto
  • How to Be Idle
  • How to Be Free
  • The Idle Parent
  • The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Hobbit
  • Say When
  • Blackbird House
  • The Ice Queen
  • The Story Sisters
  • The Shining
  • The Green Mile
  • Bridget Jones' Diary
  • The Shopaholic series
  • Gerald's Game
  • Misery
  • Radical Self-Love and a million others...

My favorite authors are Anne Rice, Stephen King, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Berg, Gillian Flynn, John Green, Anais Nin, Dorothy Parker and Tom Hodgkinson. I love chick lit (esp. Brit chick lit), thrillers, non-fiction, true crime, horror, and literature.

Stuff I love

I'm downsizing and really don't need or have space for a lot of extra stuff, so don't feel that you have to send extra goodies with a swap. However, if you have anything related to Paris or France or Prince or foreign language or vintage ephemera - I'd be happy to have it. I'm also interested in Buddhism and paganism. Thank you!


If, for some reason, you do not receive something from me and I am one of your swap partners, PLEASE be sure to contact me and let me know. I have NEVER flaked on a swap in my life and I don't intend to start anytime soon. But if you don't get something from me and I've marked my items as "sent", let me know and I'll resend right away. Thank you :)

I am a really tolerant, easygoing person, but communication is very important. If something crazy happens, let me know and we can work something out. If I don't hear from you, I have no choice but to assume you're flaking. I don't post flakers on my profile because I prefer to handle things privately.

I'm a firm believer in everyone's right to believe as they wish, however, I don't have any wish to discuss politics or religion. I appreciate religious art and imagery and I'm interested in the study of different belief systems, but I don't need to be converted to anything. Thank you for respecting that. :)


brumby3 rated for MJS: Halloween 5 - 10 Euro/CAD Swap on Oct 17, 2019
Comment: Hi Michelle, thank you for the awesome package of Halloween goodies! I particularly love the clear stamps and the jumbo confetti. I just love receiving items that I can't get in my country. Thanks again! Happy swapping and happy Halloween! Annabelle xoxoxo
Comment: Thank you Michelle for the nice variety of Halloween items. Really excited about the ink pads, I just got some leave stamps that these colors are going to look great with. Gunna go play now.
Comment: I love your journal. Such fun...and thanks for all the goodies.
Comment: Great pictures book-it was a lot of fun to look thru the different things. And thanks also for the extra goodies of products-Halloween extras and Starburst(I love that candy,too!) Thanks for sharing!
AliCrafter rated for MJS: My Magpie Journal of Lists on Jul 26, 2019
Comment: Your journal was a lot of fun to read through. I'll have to look into some of the books since I haven't heard of any of them your"few of my favorite things" is quite long! Cats, rainstorms, books and True Crime (do you listen to My Favorite Murder?) are only things that overlap my favs! You like Julia Roberts - she gives me the creeps for some reason. How do you remember all your firsts? Thanks again for the fun! Oh! Thank you to for the extras. The lace is lovely and the stickers are really pretty.
ccgigglebox rated for MJS: My Dream Life Journal on May 2, 2019
Comment: I absolutely adore how you made this!!! Very interesting read. I can't believe paris is that much for rent!
angel1985 rated for MJS: My 2018/2019 Magpie Journal on Mar 29, 2019
Comment: Apologies for the late rate! Your journal is stunning - the cover is beautiful and every page was clearly full of effort and care. Thank you so much for sharing your memories and plans with me! I appreciate it no end.
Comment: Thanks so much Michelle :)
Comment: Thank you for the magpie journal. I really enjoyed reading it.
thriftymermaid rated for MJS: Grow My Magpie Stash on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you!! I have been away from home thus the late rate--when I open I will thank you further! All the best!
Comment: thank you Michelle for the very nice little valentine book filled with so many nice pages and GOODIES. Grumpy cat cracks me up, how sad to always be grumpy looking. (gotta be missing out on special treatment with a grumpy face all the time.) would like to know where you found blank paged, little books - they are perfect for these little magpie journals. Thanks again for the great journal, Dorothy H opps sorry to rate so late, I filled out the rating and forgot to click on save rating or didn't hit it correctly.
Comment: I received this just before we moved! Such a nice way to start the year, with such a beautiful journal to add to my 'library'! Many thanks for all the effort that went into making it. I wish I could give more than one heart!
tam2016 rated for MJS: Holiday Gift Swap (U.S.) on Jan 6, 2019
Comment: Michelle, thank you so so very much for the gifts. I loved all of them! When I opened the nursing stickers I almost teared up... they are my very first ones I have gotten.
tam2016 rated for MJS: Ho-ho-holiday Card Swap on Jan 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the cutest Christmas card and stickers!! They really made me smile.
Comment: Thanks for your journal and the the stickers ! I'm enjoying reading the entries. Happy New Year !
Cariboocarol rated for MJS: Ho-ho-holiday Card Swap on Dec 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and stickers!
Comment: Thank you very much for your presents. I love love love the santa claus and the ephemera. I love this sort of swaps, thank you. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thanks for the journal and the extras ! Happy Holidays to you too !
SuZignomeMoM rated for MJS: This Is Me Magpie Journal on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: โ™ฅ I finally have a Magpie journal made by you. I think you have at least two I made. I had so much fun finding out things about you from this journal. I see at last we have very different styles yet both (I hope) are fun.
ambwilcox rated for MJS: A Page a Day Magpie Journal on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: Best swap I've gotten so far on swap-bot! Thanks so much for the peek into your life.
Response: Oh wow - this is the best rating I've ever received! Thanks so much - I'm so glad you liked it! โค๏ธ

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GeeLuv on May 15, 2017:

for the awesome magpie journal swap!

lou on May 1, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

bjmonroe on Sep 23, 2016:

lou on May 16, 2016:

Happy birthday month from WIYM group!

blueapplegallery on Apr 9, 2016:

I apologize that this is late but thanks for angeling the drunken pen pal swap. :) You are an an awesome host!

Zoebolt on Feb 23, 2016:

Thank You SO much for the B*tchfest swap letter! I loved the inserts!!

Sandara333 on Feb 21, 2016:

Fell into your profile, LOVE your Anais Nin quotes!!

cutesygirlynai on Jun 19, 2015:

thank you for my birthday gifts and the baby blanket AWWW it is perfect- i am obsessed with anything circus at the moment and it reminded me of the circus!! the little lion <3 our baby is going to love it. ^_^ x

cutesygirlynai on May 23, 2015:

happy birthday to my amazing friend!!!!! big hugs!!!! <3

cutesygirlynai on May 3, 2015:

I had so much fun with the cut out scavenger! i was seriously loving going through all my magazines and books finding things to fit the themes. i ended up doing all of the themes and finding something for all of them but trust me there were some really tricky ones! but i just wanted to let you know i really enjoyed the swap, the most fun i've had in a long time :) thanks for hosting! x

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